Line 6 is a company based in Calabasas, California. Line 6 knows that there are many guitar amps and effects that have changed the history of rock music. They believe that most non-musicians are unaware that the past fifty years of guitar amplifier technology has had a more significant impact on the history of rock music than the electric guitar itself. Each individual amp and effect design was created to distort and color the guitar signal in a different way, contributing significantly to why the guitar sounds of the Beatles were so different from Jimi Hendrix or Pink Floyd. Both the subtle and overt differences between the many types (and even specific serial numbers) of amps and effects, became cherished tonal signatures that were sought after for the particular sonic mood that they might inspire. So Line 6 set out to recreate the needs of today's guitarist and bring to the table a great range of tone and effects. They researched, played, analyzed tons of different vintage gear to learn how they made their sound.
In the mid-1990's, they started to create software models in Digital Signal Processing (DSP). An electric guitar produces an electrical signal, each element of the circuitry that alters the tone of the guitar is processing that signal. By creating software models in DSP routing how the guitar signal is processed by these circuits, Line 6 had the ability to connect up and control these virtual circuits in any way.
Line 6 launched a patented technology in 1996, with the world's first digital modeling guitar amplifier, the AxSys 212. This product provided users with models of dozens of classic guitar amplifiers, as well as a complete arsenal of stomp boxes and effects. The AxSys quickly took off and led to the further development of Line 6's technology into a comprehensive line of guitar amps within all price ranges.
Line 6 launched the next guitarist tone revolution: POD. This kidney bean-shaped desktop device went beyond just the modeling of many classic amplifiers, it was created to solve another critical problem that had plagued guitar players: recording great guitar tones.
Line 6 Edit
A great program that is compatible with almost all of the Line6 products. It allows users to edit their patches on their own computer without touching the gear. It also allows for storage and uploading of custom user patches. People can send their tones around the world in a very small file for others to use.
Line 6 is always looking to find innovative applications for their modeling technology. This was the driving ambition behind the Variax series. They tried to reuse the same techniques for remaking classic amplifiers and do the same thing with classic guitars. These quality instruments contain groundbreaking reproductions of over two dozen, collectible and distinctive guitars.
Line 6 continued the path of developing the world's first complete family of modeling guitars and introduced the Variax Acoustic 700. A thinline-style single cutaway, the Acoustic 700 gives guitarists spot on recreations of over a dozen timeless acoustic instruments to choose from. It has features such as virtual capoing and instant alternate tuning.
After painstakingly compiling a collection of several of the bass world's most popular and coveted pieces, studying the complexities of their sound, and finally, modeling them, Variax Bass was released to great critical acclaim. It's perfect weight and balance, along with a huge palette of vintage and modern bass models - including upright, made Variax Bass an instant hit with many high-profile artists and working players.